What's New - Archive

The "what's new" archive contains news shorts about members of the IRMACS community and events at the IRMACS centre itself. You may filter our archives by year, or search for explicit keywords.

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May 16, 2013

Dr. Peter Borwein, the IRMACS Centre Executive Director, has decided that after more than 10 years of leading the IRMACS Centre to move in to the position of IRMACS Centre Founding Director. This change will happen after the IRMACS Board completes a search for a new Executive Director. Each of us at the IRMACS Centre would like to thank Peter for his leadership, his friendship and for his commitment to building a centre that has become an invaluable part of the SFU research environment.

May 08, 2013

On May 16th, the IRMACS Centre will host another installment of the very successful SFU Faculty of Science "Nobel Lecture" Series. The presenter will be Dr. Esther Verheyen, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and she will discuss Sir John B. Gurdon's and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka's prize for "the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent".

May 02, 2013

A project led by Dr. Ash Parameswaran, a professor in the SFU School of Engineering and long term IRMACS member, is among 102 global research projects to receive $100,000 each through the federal government’s Stars in Global Health program. Congratulations, Dr. Parameswaran!

April 24, 2013

Dr. Patricia Brantingham and Dr. Bob Hogg, two IRMACS project leaders, were among the keynote speakers at the "The Data Effect: Tomorrow's Canada Today" workshop. The workshop addressed the question "how the prudent and innovative use of Big Data can improve outcomes in such areas as health care, drug and social policy research and public safety." Ms. Pam Borghardt, IRMACS Managing Director, and Dr. Brian Corrie, IRMACS Technical Director, also represented IRMACS at the workshop.

April 15, 2013

Dr. Mario Pinto, Chair of the IRMACS Board of Trusties and Mr. Eric LeGresley, a student from St. John Brebeuf Secondary, Abbotsford, BC, have recently published, together with Kyle T. Greenway, a joint paper titled "The Influence of 150-Cavity Binders on the Dynamics of Influenza A Neuraminidases as Revealed by Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Combined Clustering". Mr. LeGresley was introduced to Dr. Pinto after Dr. Pinto's "A Taste Of Pi" presentation, an IRMACS sponsored event.

April 08, 2013

On Friday, April 12th, 2013, the IRMACS Centre will host its 8th Annual IRMACS Day. This event is also dedicated to Dr. Peter Borwein, the Founding Director of the IRMACS Centre, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Drop by for talks, student presentations, interactive robotics, the Tree of Life One Zoom demonstration, scientific posters, 3D demonstrations, Math Catcher aboriginal outreach animated movies and more. Complete details can be found at http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/events/8th-annual-irmacs-day.

April 02, 2013

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Dr. Paul Dutton, The Jack and Nancy Farley University Professor in History, Department of Humanities, will be the last presenter in the IRMACS Centre's successful and well received The Royal Society of Canada Seminar Series. All of us at the IRMACS Centre would like to thank each of the presenters in the Series as well as the Royal Society of Canada and the Office of Vice President Research for their support.

March 21, 2013

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the IRMACS Centre will host a presentation by Dr. Fernando Pereira, Research Director at Google. Dr. Pereira's talk, titled "Low-Pass Semantics" is part of the School of Computing Science Distinguished Lecture Series. More information about the series and the abstract of Dr. Pereira's talk are available here: http://www.cs.sfu.ca/industryrelations/distinguished-lecture-series.html

March 15, 2013

Dr. Derek Bingham, a Professor in the SFU Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and a long term IRMACS project leader is the winner of the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques – Statistical Society of Canada prize for 2013. Congratulations, Derek!

March 07, 2013

Dr. Bozena Kaminska, the Canada Research Chair in Wireless Sensor Networks and a long term IRMACS project leader, has been appointed as a new member to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) board. Congratulations, Bozena!